Donald Trump may be the wrestlingest president since Abraham Lincoln, and if Fox executives get their wish according to a rumor floating around the pro wrestling dirt sheets, he could be returning to the ring when Smackdown Live debuts on Fox in October. According to the rumors, which must be taken with a grain of salt, Fox wants the president to appear on the first episode of Smackdown, which the network is hoping to make look like a big deal by inviting all manner of celebrities.
Donald Trump and the WWE's ruling McMahon family have a long history, going back at least as far as WrestleMania 4 and 5, which were held at Trump's Atlantic City casino, Trump Plaza. In subsequent years, Trump has interviewed Jesse Ventura at WrestleMania 20, appeared as an in-story "owner" of WWE briefly, and pitted Bobby Lashley against Vince McMahon's Umaga in the Battle of the Billionaires at WrestleMania 23. Despite this long association, due to the president's polarizing nature, WWE has uncharacteristically refused to tout their relationship with the Hall-of-Famer.
Outside the WWE, the McMahons were big money contributors to Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, earning Linda McMahon a spot on the cabinet as head of the Small Business Administration, a role she stepped down from to lead a pro-Trump Super PAC for Trump's 2020 reelection campaign.
Since the initial news was broken by Sportskeeda's Tom Colohue, reporter Brad Sheppard claims to have confirmed it, and adds more details. Apparently, Stephanie McMahon is attempting to broker a deal with Trump to get the president to appear on Tribute for the Troops, WWE's annual Christmas show that is held at a military base, sometimes overseas.
However, Shepard says that WWE has denied both reports.
Of course, if Trump doesn't agree, WWE has been known to find a way to pull off a Trump appearance without an actual Trump before…